Leisure centre assistant

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Leisure centre assistants help and supervise visitors using leisure centre facilities.

Salary range: £18,000 to £20,000

How to become a leisure centre assistant

You can get into this job through:

  • a college course
  • an apprenticeship
  • applying directly

College

You could take a college course, which may help when looking for work. Courses include:

  • Level 2 Award in Employment Awareness in Active Leisure and Learning
  • Level 2 Certificate or Diploma in Sport

Entry requirements

You’ll usually need:

  • 2 or more GCSEs at grades 9 to 3 (A* to D), or equivalent, for a level 2 course

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Apprenticeship

You can do an intermediate apprenticeship in exercise and fitness or leisure operations.

Entry requirements

You’ll usually need:

  • some GCSEs, usually including English and maths, or equivalent, for an intermediate apprenticeship

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Direct application

You could apply directly. You’ll find it useful when looking for work if you’ve got customer service experience and an interest in exercise and fitness.

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Career tips

Some employers may prefer you to have a qualification in first aid, gym instruction or lifeguarding.

What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You’ll need:

  • customer service skills
  • the ability to work well with others
  • sensitivity and understanding
  • patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
  • the ability to accept criticism and work well under pressure
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • business management skills
  • to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device

Restrictions and requirements

You’ll need to:

What you’ll do

Day-to-day tasks

Your day-to-day duties might include:

  • setting up, dismantling and maintaining equipment
  • making sure areas and facilities are clean
  • selling tickets and making reservations
  • dealing with enquiries on reception
  • selling food and drink

Working environment

You could work at a fitness centre.

You may need to wear a uniform.

Career path and progression

With experience and further qualifications, you could become a supervisor or manager. You could also move into fitness instructing, lifeguarding or sports coaching.

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